Clinical Trials Research

What we do

We are dedicated to enhancing clinical trials research in compelling ways by combining advances in technology with expert medical care. Through clinical diligence we strive to help others by providing access to new treatments, support our Sponsors by delivering data excellence and valuably contribute to the progression of medical research.

GRS Trials offers wide-ranging clinical expertise and experience in a comprehensive range of therapeutic areas and phases of clinical trials conduct and is considered a global leader in the field of Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation studies

GRS Trials employs highly skilled staff that has comprehensive clinical experience and work diligently to foster and unsurpassed reputation through continuing education and industry bench-marking to provide the highest standards of patient care. GRS has established an exclusive ISO9001 Accredited Quality Management System for clinical trials research and recruitment, supporting professional consistency and dedication to advancing clinical procedures and typifying the unique, safe and secure approach that is offered to each participant.

Genesis Research Services provides Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Clinical Research Organisations and clinical researchers with a dedicated team of professionals and a purpose-built facility designed around the needs and requirements for conducting clinical trials and specialist proficiency for trial supporting services that are aimed at attaining trial and investigator development.

Our Team

Research Team

Dom Bailey
Dom BaileyChief Executive Officer
Dom has studied Nursing, Occupational Health and Safety and Clinical Trials Research at
University and is a highly experienced healthcare professional having worked extensively in both public hospitals and private companies. With a focus on business development, innovation and sustainability, Dom’s professional goal is to provide simple plans and modern project management for clinical research business success.
Katie Hart
Katie HartClinical Trial Coordinator
Katie is a clinical trial coordinator at Genesis Research Services who assists in project management of clinical investigations whilst upholding evidenced-base participant care. Her responsibilities include managing all operational aspects of medical and device research studies as well as development of innovative projects involving our local research network. Prior to Genesis, Katie worked in community pharmacy as a Pharmacist, delivering holistic care and support to patients. She is an advocate for patient education on disease prevention and the proper use of medicines. Outside of work, Katie enjoys baking and cooking, travelling and spending time with her family. She has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Masters of Pharmacy from Newcastle University and is accredited to provide medication reviews.
Dr Danielle Santarelli PhD
Dr Danielle Santarelli PhDMedical Writer/Researcher
Danielle is a medical writer with a PhD in molecular neurobiology / experimental pharmacology (University of Newcastle). Since completing her thesis by publication and leaving the laboratory, she has worked alongside Dr Marc Russo at Hunter Pain Clinic and Genesis Research Services, performing patient data analysis and publishing journal articles and educational material.
Tiana Laurie
Tiana LaurieAdministrative Assistant
Tiana is the administration assistant at Genesis Research Services and the first person you see when you enter our office – she oversees the reception desk & duties as well as helping out other team members. Tiana began working at Genesis in 2012 as the Trainee Administration Assistant and has since gained a Certificate III in Business. She is currently working towards completing a Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Development. Away from work Tiana can be found dancing or spending time at home with her dog – “Clutch” & cat – “James Baxter”.
Mel Goldman
Mel GoldmanBusiness Development Manager
Mel is the Business Development Manager at Genesis overseeing all new study feasibilities, contracts and financial management. Mel also leads the recruitment services department of Genesis, connecting over 3000 participants with sites in Australia and New Zealand in 2017. Mel has a Bachelor of Business (Management), receiving the Faculty Medal for Excellence from the University of Newcastle. Mel’s interests lie in the development of progressive services for clients and participants, to ensure Genesis delivers on study outcomes.
Michael Holt
Michael Holt Clinical Trial Coordinator
Michael is a clinical trial coordinator at Genesis Research Services who assists in project management of clinical investigations whilst upholding evidenced-base participant care. His responsibilities include managing all operational aspects of medical and device research studies as well as development of innovative projects involving our local research network. Prior to Genesis, Michael worked as a treating practitioner in injury solutions and peak conditioning. He has a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and a Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science.
Heather Macdonald
Heather Macdonald Clinical Trial Coordinator
Heather is a clinical trial coordinator at Genesis Research Services who assists in project management of clinical investigations whilst upholding evidenced-based participant care. She has a degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Newcastle for which she received the Dean’s Merit Award. Prior to Genesis, Heather worked at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in respiratory research. She has worked in both laboratory and clinical areas with dedication, a high level of technical skill and attention to detail. She is passionate about patient care and enriching people’s lives through her work. Outside of work, Heather enjoys music and dancing.


Dr Marc Russo
Dr Marc RussoMedical Director/Pain Specialist
Dr Russo is a globally recognised Pain Medicine Physician who believes that clinical diligence, early intervention, education and research in the field of pain management are integral to successfully treating patients suffering from chronic persistent pain.

Dr Russo completed two successful world first spinal cord stimulator device implantations in Newcastle Australia in 2011, establishing him as a leader in his field. Dr Russo has been involved in over 60 clinical trials and published over 40 journal articles. Dr Russo participates in both pharmaceutical and medical device trials (SCS). His primary research areas are Neuropathic Pain (CRPS, PDN, PHN), Chronic Pain (Back, Neck & Limbs), Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Osteoarthritis and Vaccine studies.

Dr David Mathers
Dr David MathersRheumatologist
Dr Mathers is a Consultant Physician in Rheumatology with clinics in Newcastle and regional NSW. He is a regular Specialist at John Hunter Hospital and a Lecturer at both the Universities of Newcastle and Wollongong.
Dr Mathers enjoys the great outdoors having walked the Kokoda track and also climbing to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. In 2017, Dr Mathers joined a small group involved in the Larapinta Trail Challenge, trekking 65km in 5 days in the Northern Territory raising funds to support Indigenous students and research into Indigenous community health issues.

Dr Mathers has worked with Genesis since 2016 as an investigator on numerous Rheumatology studies. His primary research areas are Spondyloarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Dr Willem Volschenk
Dr Willem VolschenkPain Specialist/Anaesthetist
Dr Volschenk is a dual qualified Anaesthetist and Specialist Pain Management Physician from South Africa. He speaks 2 languages; English and Afrikaans. He is passionate about clinical education as a local GP educator and trainer for Fellows of Pain Medicine.

Dr Volschenk commenced working with the Genesis team in 2015 working on device and pharmaceutical studies for people suffering chronic pain as both a study investigator and Anaesthetist for our surgical procedures. His primary research interests are in neuropathic pain conditions and spinal pain.

Dr John Van Der Kallen
Dr John Van Der KallenRheumatologist
Dr Van Der Kallen is a leading Rheumatologist in Newcastle with a passion for climate change activism. He speaks 2 languages; English and Dutch. Between his clinical practice and work as a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Dr Van Der Kallen runs his own tree plantation and biodiversity project in Northern NSW. He also chairs the NSW branch of Doctors for the Environment Australia, addressing environmental deterioration and the effects on our health.

Involved in research projects since 2007, Dr Van Der Kallen’s primary research interests are in musculoskeletal disease, osteoporosis and Rheumatology. He has worked with the Genesis team since 2016 on a number of Pharmaceutical studies, expanding our ability to be involved in Rheumatological advances.

Dr Uli Liedvogel
Dr Uli LiedvogelGeneral Practitioner
Dr Liedvogel is an experienced General Practitioner specialising in the management and rehabilitation of Acute Injuries. He is a thrill-seeker with a passion for adventure sports and has travelled to remote locations for Medical Locum and foreign aid positions to assist people in need. Dr Liedvogel is the owner and Principal Doctor at the Hunter Acute Injury Management Unit at Newcastle Private Hospital. As a procedural GP, he assists numerous surgeons in theatre operations including all Genesis Spinal Cord Stimulation surgeries.

Dr Liedvogel’s flexible approach to medicine centres around his beliefs that treatment options need to be customised to suit each individual, stimulating his interest in developing therapies available through research. He has worked with Genesis since 2016 with his primary interests being in musculoskeletal pain management studies.

Dr Richard Verheul
Dr Richard Verheul Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr Verheul is a specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon, working exclusively in knee surgery. When he is not working at his clinic in Lake Macquarie or in surgery, Dr Verheul can be found getting his hands dirty at his farm in Port Stephens. Dr Verheul has travelled through Asia volunteering to teach arthroscopy and joint replacement surgery to local doctors. He also speaks two languages, English and Dutch.

As one of the most productive knee surgeons in Australia, we are fortunate to have Dr Verheul commencing work with us at Genesis in 2018. His primary research interests are improvements to surgical procedures and outcomes for knee surgery patients.

Dr Alan Nazha
Dr Alan NazhaPain Specialist/Anaesthetist
Dr Nazha is a Sydney-based, dual qualified Anaesthetist and Specialist Pain Management Physician. He is an avid reader and family man, with a keen interest in world history. Outside of his private clinical practice, Dr Nazha holds numerous appointments of authority at major Sydney Private Hospitals, including as the Head of Pain Services and Chair of Medical Staff Council at Hornsby Hospital. He also holds teaching appointments with Sydney University and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Dr Nazha commenced a working relationship with us in 2016 with his primary research interests being in Persistent Post-Surgical Pain, Musculoskeletal pain and Neuropathic pain.

Dr Mazyar DaneshAnaesthetist
Dr Danesh is a specialist anaesthetist and has also had training in emergency medicine. He speaks 3 languages; English, Farsi and Azarbajani and completed his Medical degree in Iran in 2003. He is a basketball and football fan, and loves to travel, engage in various sports, and meet new people.
Dr Danesh is currently completing training to become a Specialist Pain Management Practitioner, expanding his understanding of procedural pain medicine. He hopes to have a positive impact on the lives of people who live with chronic pain.

Dr Danesh commenced working with Genesis in 2018 on numerous projects. He believes in the ability for research to provide hope to patients who have limited options and he trusts research will open new windows to the future. “When people feel left without options, it can be a very dark place and research has the potential to shed light back into their life”.